Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Elegant Facade

An Elegant Facade
Hawthorne House, Book 2
Kristi Ann Hunter
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764218255
July 2016/368 pages/$14.99

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen.

With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina's social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden--and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they'll be forced to make?

Read an excerpt.


Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Her debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, is a RITA double finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.


The Regency era has become one of my favorite settings for historical novels, and I am delighted to discover a gifted new author who can hold her own with the more experienced novelists of this genre. I neglected to review her debut novel, A Noble Masqueraade, which I bought and absolutely devoured, and this second book is just as delightful. While it reads well as a standalone, it overlaps A Noble Masquerade but offers a different perspective of those events, Georgina's point of view. Masterfully portrayed, Georgina presents as the shallow, spoiled, and somewhat insufferable debutante with one goal in mind: to snare the perfect husband. Hunter perfectly matches her against Colin McCrae, and their interactions cause sparks to practically fly off the page! Georgina's hidden insecurities and failures, which she is determined to hide not only from society but from her family as well, save her from being utterly loathsome, and she endeared herself to me as the story progressed. The sights and sounds of the Regency season come to life in all their splendor, and I could almost hear the swish of the ladies' gowns on the dance floor. They say not to judge a book by the outside, but this tale is every bit as magnificent as the stunning cover promises it will be! An Elegant Facade will be on my keeper shelves, with Kristi Ann Hunter a new favorite author to watch. Grab your copy today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Kristi Ann Hunter and Bethany House Publishers as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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